Can humans contract kennel cough?

My neighbors got a puppy, and now both of their dogs have kennel cough; we did not know that. I am 7.5 months pregnant and I petted both dogs…as did my almost 2 year old and husband. Once our neighbor told us the dogs had kennel cough we all stopped, and washed our hands when we came inside.

Can humans get kennel cough? As a pregnant woman, I have a weakened immune system. Not to mention I also have a young child at home.

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5 Responses to “Can humans contract kennel cough?”

  1. Sadie says:

    Here is a bit of information that I got from the internet about kennel cough-

    Human Risk

    One of the most common agents that cause tracheobronchitis is Bordetella bronchiseptica. Bordetella bronchiseptica has been linked to respiratory infections in some people, especially those labeled high-risk, those with a weakened immune system, pregnant women and children. Not all scientists are convinced that the disease can be transferred to humans, with the evidence unclear as to whether or not it actually comes from exposure to dogs.


    The best way to prevent human exposure is to prevent exposure to a dog. The most common method of transmission is from dog to dog, especially in puppies, and often comes from exposure in kennels or boarding establishments. Dogs should be vaccinated, although it should be understood that vaccines rarely offer complete protection. Minimizing contact with other dogs is an additional preventative measure.


    Treatment for both humans and dogs is very similar. The most mild and common forms of the disease are usually treated with antibiotics, but in many cases, cough suppressants are used to help manage the mild symptoms. Severe cases are immediately prescribed antibiotics. Steroids and cough suppressants are not commonly used on the most severe cases as they can actually inhibit the natural immune system’s ability to fight the disease and could lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia.

    Hope I helped and good luck.

  2. Emily~ BC's NEED A JOB. <3 says:


  3. Bree says:

    Humans can not get kennel cough. My dogs have had it before and the vet said it was only contagious to other dogs. You have nothing to worry about.

  4. CGC Pit Bull says:


  5. msmag says:

    no do not concern yourself with this one. This is a puppy thing and the owners should have given them shots for it a long time ago. Hand washing is all you need.
    Congrats on your new baby.

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